Soccer roundup: Lady Broncos whip Sherman 6-0

The Denton Lady Broncos continued their reign of terror through district play with another dominating shutout, this time knocking off Sherman 6-0 on Friday.

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Broncos ousted from playoffs by Eastern Hills

KELLER — For the second straight playoff game, the Denton Broncos found themselves in a tense, back-and-forth battle. Denton escaped the bi-district round with Tyrus Johnson’s magical 3 in overtime Tuesday, but on Friday in the Class 5A area round, the Bronco magic ran out.

Basketball: Seven area UIL squads still alive

While the Ryan Lady Raiders and Argyle Lady Eagles attempt to punch their tickets to the state basketball tournament next week in San Antonio, five Denton-area boys teams will be trying to advance when the playoffs resume Friday night.

Johnson lifts DHS on 3 in overtime

KELLER — Better late than never. In Tuesday’s opening-round playoff matchup against Fort Worth Brewer, the Denton Broncos found themselves in an uphill battle from the get-go.

Lady Broncos beat Ryan 3-2

Denton’s Grace Wiltgen scored two goals to lead the Lady Broncos to a 3-2 victory against the Ryan Lady Raiders on Tuesday night.

Aubrey upends Denton

The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals rallied with three runs in the fourth inning and rode the strong pitching of Laney Roos to take a 4-3 victory over the Denton Lady Broncos on Tuesday night.

Basketball: 7 local boys teams in quest for state

The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.

Denton ISD swimmers hit career highs at state meet

AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Wiltgen’s hat trick helps Lady Broncos remain unbeaten

The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.

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Three DISD schools send swimmers to state

The Denton school district is sending three swimmers to today’s Class 5A state meet in Austin, and they all have unique stories for how they made it there.

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Ryan wins tie-breaking coin flip; postseason nearly set for boys

The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.

Denton falls to Sherman, shares 5-5A crown

SHERMAN — It was a perfect storm for Denton on Tuesday against Sherman, but not in a good way. With a chance to lock sole possession of the District 5-5A title — their first district crown since 1991 — the moment was too big for the Broncos.

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Saginaw Boswell dispatches Lady Broncos in 1st round

KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

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Ryan wins at Denton to keep hopes alive for shared title

Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.

Broncos earn first title share since ’91

LITTLE ELM — The Denton Broncos are on a mission: Win a district title with an undefeated record. So far, so good. With a convincing 80-54 victory over Braswell on Tuesday, Denton has at least a share of the District 5-5A title — a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 1991.

Denton dumps Denison

Denton is four games into its District 5-5A season and has handled adversity with grace and tenacity. After falling to rival Ryan to open district play, Denton bounced back with a 2-1 win over Sherman and a 3-1 road victory over defending district champ Wichita Falls.

Championship Tuesday for Denton trio

Two Denton school district basketball teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of their respective district titles tonight, while a third can win its championship outright by finishing with a perfect record.

Tie with Lady Coyotes leaves Denton looking to rematch

Feb. 28. That’s when Denton and Wichita Falls will meet again. After they drew to a 2-2 tie Friday at Bronco Field, the stage is set for a second and final showdown that is sure to have significance in the District 5-5A race.

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Football: Two Broncos pick Colorado

With offers swirling around the heads of Denton’s Grant Polley and Chris Miller, at the end of national signing day on Wednesday, both players found a home at Colorado. Polley had committed to Kansas as a junior and had offers from Texas, Oregon, Baylor, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU and Texas Tech.

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Girls soccer: Lady Broncos beat Ryan in 5-5A opener

So far, so good. In Denton’s first District 5-5A game, against crosstown rival Ryan, the Lady Broncos had a goal of playing with high intensity.

Boys soccer: Davidson’s two goals spark Raiders in win over Denton

Ryan’s offense hasn’t been scaring anyone. But that may have changed now that district play has started. Senior midfielder Cody Davidson scored twice Friday, including the go-ahead goal with just more than 17 minutes to play, as the Raiders rallied for a 2-1 win against crosstown rival Denton in the District 5-5A opener for both teams.

Broncos finish strong to cap sweep of Coyotes

At 6-0 in District 5-5A play headed into Tuesday’s game against Wichita Falls, the Denton Broncos might have been guilty of toying with their prey.

Defensive prowess guides Lady Broncos in key game

At times this season, the Denton Lady Broncos have struggled to put together a four-quarter effort from start to finish, but Friday against Sherman — one of their biggest games of the season — the Lady Broncos delivered.

The upper hand

Ryan hosted Denton on Tuesday. And of course the game went into overtime. What else could be expected from a game that featured crosstown rivals who not only were overdue for a district showdown — neither have been in the same district since the 2011-2012 season — but also were battling for the top spot in the standings.

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All the right pieces

Until a few weeks ago, the Denton Broncos have had one score written on the whiteboard in their locker room.

Denton takes Bear Cave Classic

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos claimed Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Cave Classic championship Saturday with a pair of victories, wrapping up a perfect 5-0 run through the tournament.

In first meeting, Denton boys, girls sweep visiting Braswell

Playing each other for the first time, Denton’s experience won out over Braswell’s youth as the Broncos trapped the Bengals all Friday night in a 64-52 victory to stay perfect in District 5-5A.

Basketball: Moore, Brown spark Denton win

The Lady Broncos had a strong offensive start but were worn down by the district’s top team.

Basketball: Denton adds 100-point output to signature defense, downs Denison

Holding Denison to 44 points, the Denton defense had its usual swagger Tuesday at home, but offensively the Broncos took it to a whole other level. Hitting shots from all over the court while running the Yellow Jackets up and down the floor, every Bronco that made it into the game scored as Denton destroyed Denison 101-44.

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Ryan uses suffocating defense to stymie Denton, win by 19

In a battle between District 5-5A foes and crosstown rivals Denton and Ryan, defense was the main focus for each coach. Ryan coach Monesha Allen and Denton coach Erin Taylor are known for their defense pedigrees, and in the teams’ district opener Friday, Ryan’s defense flourished while Denton’s was lackluster.

Argyle coasts to win against Denton behind strong 3-point shooting

In a clash of styles, the Denton Broncos faced a similarly high-octane offense in Argyle on Tuesday with the Eagles boasting a well-balanced, 3-point shooting attack compared to Denton’s run-and-gun transition game.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.

Denton cagers upend two visiting schools in twin bill

The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.

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Pair’s practice pays

CORINTH — Denton’s Tyrus Johnson and Joseph Frisby make quite a formidable duo. The two have quickly combined their scoring efforts and up-tempo games for a powerful 1-2 punch for the Broncos. On Tuesday at Lake Dallas, the pair lit up the scoreboard again.

Football: Denton’s Polley voted to Under Armour All-America Game

Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley had quite an up-and-down season during his senior year. He missed several games with a painful knee injury, and the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at home in their opening-round playoff tilt against Justin Northwest.

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Denton boys, girls split matchups in home doubleheader

New season, same tenacious defense. The Denton Broncos have been known for their relentless defense in past seasons, but with several players graduating, the opportunity to find a new identity was a possibility.

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Northwest ends rally with late TD to knock out Denton

When the Denton Broncos stormed out to an impressive 23-0 lead in their bi-district playoff opener against Justin Northwest, it seemed as if all the pieces were finally falling into place and Denton might easily roll into the second round. But Northwest was relentless, scored 21 fourth-points, including a touchdown with 16 seconds left, and defeated Denton 31-29.

Similarities mark Denton-Northwest showdown

In many ways, the Denton Broncos are staring into a mirror when it comes to their Class 5A bi-district playoff matchup against Justin Northwest. Both teams sit at 9-1, with each loss coming at the hands of powerhouse programs. Denton lost to Ryan to open its district schedule, and Northwest fell to Aledo two weeks ago.

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Signing notebook: Day features commitments from area sports

The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.

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Broncos blast Bengals

With next week’s playoff game against Justin Northwest right around the corner, the Denton Broncos treated their final regular-season game against Braswell as a dress rehearsal. Denton rallied around the...

Football: Braswell visits Denton for finale

For the first time in three seasons, the Denton Broncos know before their 10th game whom they will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos will host Justin Northwest next Friday at 7 p.m., but first they have to finish the regular season. Denton and Braswell square off at 7 tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to close out District 5-5A play.

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Boswell blasts Denton

TROPHY CLUB — Denton’s hopes for another long playoff run weren’t just dashed Tuesday. They were buried. Saginaw Boswell, No. 12 in the final Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll, got a combined 27 kills from the trio of Kailyn Gilbreath, Hannah Boyd and Mattie Gregory while churning out a near-perfect defensive performance in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 win over the Lady Broncos in a Region I bi-district playoff match at Trophy Club Nelson.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.

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Denton High volunteer unsure of what future holds

At his core, Lyndon LaPlante is simply a happy guy who loves the game of football, but for the city of Denton and the Denton High School football team, he is a source of inspiration and a part of their family.

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New mindset pays off for Denton’s Goff

Denton senior Alex Goff had a different mindset last cross country season. He thought if he ran harder and trained longer, he would be able to perform better at meets, but after breaking his foot due to overexertion right before last season’s district meet, Goff was determined to train smarter, not harder, this season.

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Denton pulls away from Rider to claim playoff spot

Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.

Battle for position awaits Denton

Last week, the Denton Broncos found themselves their most heart-pounding game of the season and escaped with a 21-20 win against Denison to move to 3-1 in District 5-5A.

Ryan keeps Denton off balance in sweep

District 5-5A unbeaten Ryan dug itself early holes against third-place Denton on Tuesday, but coach Nicholas Gay and the Lady Raiders made a point to get their middle blockers more included.

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Denton nips Denison

Scoring only one touchdown in the first half and facing a six-point deficit, Denton coach Kevin Atkinson challenged his offense to step up to the plate in Friday’s second half against Denison.